About This Wine
Some consider France’s complicated appellation system essential.
Others think of it as antiquated. We can understand both positions, and this “Classic” white blend from Domaine du Tariquet provides a good basis for discussion. The blend varies from vintage to vintage, and for 2010, it’s mostly Ugni Blanc joined by not quite half as much Colombard.
The grapes come from the Gascony region of southwest France, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Garonne River. Because the area is not included within France’s appellation system, it receives the “vin de pays” designation of “Cotes de Gascogne” — which, to some, reads like, “This is not Burgundy or Bordeaux.”
True, it’s not Burgundy or Bordeaux. Likewise, the wine does not carry a Burgundy or Bordeaux price tag. But the bottom line is that it’s a delicious wine, ideal for serving with shellfish or lemon chicken. Long story short: Don’t let the label sway you; let your taste buds decide.
About White Blend
- Grape Composition:70% Ugni Blanc and 30% Colombard
- Grape Source:Cotes de Gascogne, France
- Aromas & Flavors:Lemon, Citrus, Peach, Lime, Grapefruit and Herbs
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionshellfish, or simple chicken dishes.